Proceedings of InterSymp-2004: The 16th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, July 30, 2004, pages 1-136. International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics and Society for Applied System Research.
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Over the past several years the papers in this annual series of symposia have increasingly centered on the realization of a human-computer collaboration environment in which computer-based software agents with reasoning capabilities provide meaningful support to human decision makers. It is therefore quite appropriate that the first paper in the 2004 Proceedings should address the historical evolutionary path of ‘intelligent’ software leading to the goal of a semantic Web environment. The realization of this goal is now in sight, driven by public security threats that are increasingly relying on technology for effective countermeasures.